Mayan culture AD 900 is set as one of the possible units of study of a Non-European civilization for KS2.
Although scholars are still wrestling with when the Mayan Civilization began, we have decided that our day will be set during the Classic Period (c. AD250-900) as a convenient starting point.

During this period the Mayan population numbered millions spread over many kingdoms and small empires in the Yucatan Peninsular.

During our day we will use this period of the Mesoamerican culture to explore the differences between their world and European cultures of the same time period.

MORNING SESSIONS: For our day the morning session will centre on the market place in Tikal. Here your children will work with the craftsmen and learn the skills and techniques that were all part of the Classical Mayan World. During the course of these first two sessions they will be introduced through story, characters that will follow them through the day. Through their story they will learn about belief, society, art, literacy, mathematics and astronomy.

AFTERNOON SESSION: During the third session they will be immersed in the culture and spectacle of Mayan celebrations and create one of the festivals that would occur on every 20th day!

Dances followed a calendar, and ranged from performances with humour and tricks to dances in preparation for war and dances mimicking sacrificial events.

The traditional religions of the Maya, in which astrology and ancestor worship both played a role, were based on a system of beliefs that included the world, the heavens, and an unseen underworld called Xibalba.


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